gerlonda Posted March 1, 2005 Report Share Posted March 1, 2005 I have a concern and I hope I do not raise any controversy, but I am very serious about understanding this matter. Why would anyone want to "feel the floor" in pointe shoes? The floor hurts! Everyone says that feeling the floor ensures proper placement of the toes and the body in space, but whenever my toes "feel the floor" my pointe work is compromised because I am focused on my extremely painful toes. Okay, this is not a traditional shoe vs. gaynor minden topic, but listen. I used to wear Grishko elites but now I wear Gaynors (which are totally painless and my pointe technique has been improving by the weeks). I recently became interested in going back to Grishko's because they formed to my feet better; however, when I DID wear the Grishkos, I always work the foam pads PLUS a jelly pad on my big toe. Even with this I had a little pain (was not feeling the floor, but had no interest in it whatsoever). But the problem was that after a week, a new foam pad starts to disintegrate, and the bottom of the big jelly toe does as well; it became a major expense. So I tried the ouch pouches (the only thing I need now in my Gaynors) with my Grishkos and 10 minutes into pointe class my eyes were tearing up from the shear pain. But on the positive side, I know a girl who graduated from the dance program at Juilliard and she uses NOTHING in her pointe shoes- traditional pointe shoes-(no pads, no wraps). She told me she "wants to feel the floor." But I cannot imagine how skin and bone on a completely hard, flat surface can produce nothing but pain! I would really love to go back to my Grishkos but I know I will be in pain. I want to be one of those people who needs no padding, or just the smallest amount, and be pain-free. What should I do? Does anyone know of any toe pads that are a cross between the foam (ultra comfy to me) and the ouch pouches (lasts forever)? What can I do to have pain-free toes. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for any answers. Quote Link to comment
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